Network / IT Administrator
Networking IT Professionals manage the hardware and software that comprises the IT networks or systems companies rely on to operate their businesses. This starts with the computers, mobile devices and operating systems that employees use every day. The network links these devices to servers and software that connect all the computers within a company, as well as the software and hardware that connect the company to the Internet.
Networking IT Professionals implement new hardware and cutting edge software, keep the network systems up and running, and troubleshoot any problems or glitches that come up. Networking also covers the maintenance and access to the databases that hold all the data companies utilize (e.g., their product inventory and customer information) and also the security features that protect the company data from hackers and other data breaches.
Networking is for individuals that enjoy challenges and variety in their workday. They interact with every department in a company. They are good problem solvers and are experts in the hardware and software technologies that companies utilize including Microsoft products such as Windows 8, Server 2012, SharePoint, Exchange Server, as well as Cisco and other vendor technologies. Networking IT Professionals are essential to the success of any company.
Network Admin Jobs
Here are a few of the entry-level networking job roles TechSmart KC grads are ready for:
- Help Desk
- Jr. System Administrator
- Jr. Network Administrator
- Desktop Support
- PC Technician
Here are a few advanced job roles or specialty areas for experienced Network IT professionals:
- Network Engineer
- Network Architect
- System or Network Administrator
- Chief Security Officer
- Big Data
- Technology Director
- IT Manager
Development / Coding
Developers (or programmers or coders) work with programming “languages” to develop applications or programs that tell computers, devices, servers and websites how to function. A mobile app is an application for your phone. When Amazon’s website tells you that if you bought that item, you’ll like this item, a developer wrote a program for that. When Pandora knows what songs to play for you, a coder did that. Like video games? Thank a coder. That’s who developed it.
Developers learn to code with various coding languages such a Microsoft .NET/Visual Studio – which is the foundation language for most enterprises. But there are many coding languages that are more specific to different aspects of any project.
Developers are generally people that like puzzles and games and other things that challenge them mentally. Many coders are also musicians. As companies determine new business initiatives, such as improving customer experience, new website functions or improving internal operating efficiencies, developers determine the technology to make those things happen.
Once a project is defined, entry-level or junior developers will develop or write code for their part of the project. They may code independently, as a “paired” programmer or even as a team collaborating around a large table or in pods. Generally, they are given a deadline and have the autonomy to meet it.
Developer or Coding Jobs
Here are a few of the entry-level developer job roles TechSmart KC grads are ready for:
- Jr. Software Developer
- .NET Developer
- Programmer Analyst
- ASP.NET Developer
- Web Developer
- Application Developer
Here are a few advanced job roles or specialty areas for experienced Developers:
- System Analyst
- Application Architect
- Business Systems Architect
- Lead Application Developer
- Sr. Developer
- Cloud Developer
- SharePoint Developer
- Mobile Applications Developer
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Which IT job field is right for you?
Both Networking and Development offer solid job and career opportunities. But each of these advanced jobs requires experience and training. The good news is you don’t have to choose which advanced area you want to specialize in at the beginning. All you have to do is determine whether you’re best suited to be a Network IT professional or a Coder. Fortunately, Centriq has a free assessment to help you determine which path is best suited for your IT career.
Take our free Aptitude Assessment and find out or contact us for more information.